Tuesday, January 03, 2006

First 2006 trip at Schinias National Park

Happy New Year to everybody! On Monday January 2nd 2006, I made the first trip at Schinias National Park. The weather was great, a nice sunny day of about 17 degrees Celcius. I was impressed when I looked at the rowing center, since there were actually people rowing! It is the first time after the 2004 Olympic Games that the center is used again, and of course, no birds were observed (even last weeks, it was full of Coots, Mallards and other ducks). Only 3 Cormorans flew over the brigde, early in the morning.

Therefore I decided to go east, in front of Ag. Triada church, were it was fluded, since it rained a couple of days ago. Ideal place for waders! 1o Snipes, 5 Redshanks and 1 Green Sandipiper just in front of the church. Unfortunately, due to the amount of water, I could not enter the marsh deeper, but next time I will be wearing my rubber boots.

Driving along the road the connects Souli and Schinias' beach, I had the Spotted Eagle waiting for me! Perching on the fench of the rear side of the rowing center, it gave a very impressive view through the spotting scope. The raptors of the day were a Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, several Buzzards and 6 Marsh Harriers.

The complete bird list for January 2nd 2006 is the following
Little Grebe 30
Great Crested Grebe 2
Great Cormorant 3
Mallard 2
Teal 3
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 2
Buzzard 4
Marsh Harrier 6
Spotted Eagle 1
Water Rail 1
Coot 300
Moorhen Common
Snipe 10
Common Redshank 5
Green Sandpiper 1
Yellow-legged Gull Common
Collared Dove Common
Kingfisher 1
Crested Lark 1
White Wagtail Common
Water Pipit Common
Blackbird Common
Cetti's Warbler Common
Moustached Warbler 1 (heard)
Chiffchaff Common
Sardinian Warbler 1
Robin Common
Black Redstart Common
Stonechat Common
Great Tit Common
Blue Tit 1
Short-toed Treecreeper 1
Magpie Common
Hooded Crow Common
Starling Common
House Sparrow Common
Chaffinch Common
Goldfinch 1
Reed Bunting 10
Corn Bunting 20






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